Frequently Asked Questions: Home Improvements in NSW

• Ausiports offer a fully detailed, written quotation accompanied by full design drawings so you are totally sure of what you are getting when you place your order. Our quotes are valid for 30 days, giving you time to consider this important decision without being pressured to “sign now or miss out”. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have in relation to your proposed new extension, ensuring that you make an informed decision and there are no nasty surprises or unmet expectations at the end of the job.

• Ausiports design all structures to comply with the engineering /performance requirements for your specific location (Design Wind Speed) and are happy to show how these figures were obtained. In essence these figures relate to the required structural performance of the awning. Generally speaking, the higher the wind speed compliance figure, the stronger the awning is required to be. It's always good to ask what wind speed the awnings being quoted are engineered to achieve. This will ensure your peace of mind on those wild and windy nights.

• Roof construction is very important. Whether you choose one of our Traditional Profile Roof Decks or a Modern “Flat Deck” Roofing profile, all Ausiports Patio Roof Sheets are available in a range of colours and gloss levels. For even better roof deck performance, choose from Ausiports range of Insulated Roof Panels, designed to provide year round comfort and protection for your new outdoor living area.

• The backbone of any structure is the supporting beam. All Ausiports beams are manufactured from either Hi-Tensile, Colorbond Steel or Architectural Grade Extruded Aluminium. Ausiports offer beams from 75 to 200mm, in varying weights and profiles, engineered for longer spans and high performance. Stronger smarter components equal a better, stronger, longer lasting structure.

• Ausiports offers a range of gutter profiles designed to perform in extreme weather conditions but to also compliment and add value to your home. Available in Colorbond Steel, or in Colour Coated Aluminium, Ausiports can supply a gutter perfectly suited to your new structure and to your home.

• All Ausiports structures are engineered to perform to the relevant wind-loadings applicable to your specific location. An important part of this engineering is the selection of the correct posts. Ausiports offer a range of posts varying in size and material specification that are suited to the requirements of your structure. Wherever possible, Ausiports will offer a range of suitable post designs, thereby putting the power of choice into your hands.

• Ausiports offer a Premium Extruded Aluminium Attachment Channel featuring “Quad-Seal” technology as standard on all awning structures. This channel is fully powder-coated, will not rust like pressed steel channels, and offers a far stronger method of attaching the roof deck to your existing wall or fascia. The closed-cell foam insert will not break down over time like bitumen impregnated strips, ensuring a longer, leak free life. Another key feature of the Ausiports Aluminium Back Channel is the concealment of fixings, providing a cleaner, screw and rivet free appearance from below. Great looks and a leak and rust free, long life equals many years of trouble free enjoyment and great value for money.

• Holders of Builders Licence Number 370572C and Security Licence Number 000106704, Ausiports Pty Ltd have been making their customers’ dreams come true since 1989.

Your Peace of Mind is Our Number One Priority
This is a question asked very regularly and one that is open to much debate.

On a traditional residential building block, Councils have rules and regulations that control the positioning of buildings and structures on the building block. The regulations that relate most directly to the positioning of carports in front yards is Development Control Plan No.99 (DCP 99).

Having said this, any proposed structure must also meet the specific positioning criteria relating to side and rear boundaries as well.

DCP No. 99 deals with building lines or more simply where you can put things on your block in relation to the front boundary. The following information is taken from the Wyong Council website but relates in general terms to Gosford and Lake Macquarie Councils as well. For specific council information refer the Council Website Links in our Links area.

Why have Building Lines?

Building lines form an important element of building and urban design. The siting of buildings

relative to each other, the public domain and natural features affect issues of health (solar

access, ventilation), safety, privacy, noise amelioration, views, streetscape, provision of

services, retention of vegetation and protection of sensitive areas such as wetlands and lake


General Objectives for Building Lines

To ensure that new development:

• is functional and attractive;

• is designed in accordance with the principles of ecological sustainability;

• relates to its setting and prevailing environmental conditions;

• contributes positively to the quality and character of its locality; and

• takes account of the impact on adjoining and nearby development.

Measurement of Building Lines

Building lines are measured as the shortest distance from the boundary of a site to the wall

of a building. This is a perpendicular measurement from a straight boundary, and in the

case of a curved boundary it is measured perpendicular to the tangent point of the arc. In

the case of a dwelling house, building lines from the street boundary are measured to the

front wall of the dwelling (including balconies, verandas, patios, steps and the like).

Special Provisions at Intersections

Preservation of “Sight Lines”:

No building is to be erected within the triangle defined by drawing a line through

points on the property boundaries, 12 metres on the principle street frontage, and

6 metres on the secondary (or terminating) street frontage, in order to maintain the available sight distance for drivers at the intersection;

Planting within this area shall be limited to sparsely spread advanced trees with clear trunks and no foliage until 2 metres above ground, or alternatively groundcover foliage or shrubs with a maximum height of 1 metre;

Driveways for corner lots at non-signalised intersections are to be set back a minimum of 6 metres from the tangent point of the kerb return, as shown below in Figure 3.

Driveways for corner lots at signalised intersections are to be generally set further

back to beyond the influence of queue lengths or are required to be serviced by alternate means, e.g. an access handle or right of carriageway from an another street.

Driveways for corner lots adjacent to roundabouts or channelled intersections are

to be generally clear of the intersection islands and pavement marking unless the intersection can be safely designed to accommodate access to the lots. Alternatively an access handle or right of carriageway from another street may be provided.

Special requirements apply to driveway locations, fencing and plantings in relation

to sites adjacent to roundabouts. Required sight lines are determined relating to the roundabout geometry and the design speeds of the adjacent roads. Enquiries should be made with Council’s Customer Service Centre in relation to these sites prior to the determination of:

• the proposed location of driveways to avoid the splitter islands, etc;

• the siting of buildings;

• the selection of fencing height and materials; and

• the selection of plant species.

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To identify a Rationalised Gust Wind Speed for a proposeddatasheet-15-1
building site, there are four variables you must fi rst identify.
They are Region (fi gure 1), Terrain Category, Shielding
Factor and Topographic Classifi cation. The Rationalised
Gust Wind Speed can then determined using table 2.
If the wind classifi cation (as defi ned in AS4055-1992) is
known, the gust wind speed can be taken from table 1.
*This is an approximate method for estimating wind speeds
for residential structures only. For full analysis refer to
Australian Standard AS/NZS1170.2:2002.



TERRAIN CATEGORYdatasheet-15-4

The wind speed at a structure is infl uenced by the terrain
it fl ows over as it approaches the structure. The terrain
category classifi cations can be described as follows:

Category 1
Exposed open terrain with few or no obstructions. This
condition is rare and exists only for isolated buildings in
fl at, treeless, poorly grassed plains of at least 10km width.

Category 2
Open terrain, grassland with few well scattered obstructions
having heights generally from 1.5 metres to 10.0 metres.

Category 2.5
Terrain with few trees and isolated obstructions. This is an
intermediate classifi cation between Category 2 and 3.

Category 3
Terrain with numerous closely spaced obstructions such as
areas of suburban housing. (3.0 metres to 5.0 metres high)


The Equivalent Maximum Surface Slope is the slope of the
steepest 20 metre segment of ground directly downhill from
the proposed building site on the hill, ridge or escarpment
being considered. Often The Equivalent Maximum Surface
Slope will not occur at the actual proposed building site.
In steeply folded topography, the Equivalent Maximum
Surface Slope shall be the direction giving the highest
topographical classifi cation.

Topographic classifi cation T1 shall apply to all hills, ridges
and escarpments if the hills are less than 25 metres high for
Terrain Category 3, 20 metres for Category 2.5, 15 metres
for Category 2 or if the surface inclination is less than 1 in 10.


Shielding classifi cation is required because the wind speeddatasheet-15-6
at a structure is infl uenced by any upwind obstructions of
similar size to the structure that are close to the building.
The three shielding classifi cations are defi ned as follows:

FS - Represents Full Shielding
Full Shielding is where at least two rows of houses or similar
sized permanent obstructions surround the building being
considered. In regions A and B, heavily vegetated areas can
provide Full Shielding. The application of Full Shielding is
considered appropriate for typical suburban development,
equal to or greater than 10 houses and/or similar sized
obstructions per hectare.

PS - Represents Partial Shielding
Partial Shielding applies to intermediate situations where
there are at least 2.5 houses, trees, or sheds per hectare
upwind of the structure. e.g. Typical “acreage” type suburban
development or wooded parklands.

NS - Represents No Shielding
No Shielding occurs where there are no (or less than 2.5
obstructions per hectare) permanent obstructions upwind.
e.g. The fi rst two rows of houses or single houses abutting
open water, airfi elds and open parklands.

DESIGN FACTORSdatasheet-15-8

Wind speeds have been determined using the following factors, in accordance with AS1170.2-2002. 500 year design return period and a maximum ten metre structure height.

Note: Wind speeds have been reduced by a factor of 1.5 from ultimate limit state to give permissible wind gust as is commonly used.



The method used for calculating the design gust wind speeds has been developed by Stratco with the assistance of suitably qualifi ed engineers in order to comply with the requirements of AS1170.2-2002.

Stratco does not accept liability for any loss or damage suff ered as a result of any errors in the interpretation or application of this design guide. Any person wishing to check any calculations made by them pursuant to this method may wish to seek independent engineering advice.


The examples below show typical applications of the rationalised gust wind speeds. For a full analysis refer to AS/NZS1170.2:2002.


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• CRESTMEAD Ph: 3451 4411 179 Magnesium Dve
• TOOWOOMBA Ph: 4638 9322 167 Herries St
• VIRGINIA Ph: 3451 4411 2037 Sandgate Rd
• CABOOLTURE Ph: 5431 4100 17 Concorde Pl
• MAROOCHYDORE Ph: 5351 0100 14 Pike St, Kunda Park
• GOLD COAST Ph: 3451 4411 108 Eastlake St, Carrara
• CAPALABA Ph: 3451 4411 Cnr. Smith St & Redland Bay Rd
• ARCHERFIELD Ph: 3451 4411 Cnr. Beaudesert & Granard Rd
• REDBANK PLAINS Ph: 3451 4411 326 Kruger Pde

HUNTINGWOOD Ph: (02) 8811 7211 15 Liberty Rd
• CAMPBELLTOWN Ph: 8811 7211 22 Blaxland Rd
• PENRITH Ph: 8811 7211 125 Coreen Ave
• NEWCASTLE Ph: 4922 2777 2 Hartley Dve, Thornton

FYSHWICK Ph: (02) 6280 5905 25 Tennant St

EPPING Ph: (03) 9409 9260 17 Scanlon Dr
• DEER PARK Ph: 9409 9260 1027 Western Hwy
• KILSYTH Ph: 9409 9260 73 Canterbury Rd
• DANDENONG Ph: 9409 9260 14 Princes Hwy, Doveton

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• RICHMOND Ph: 8349 5559 221 Marion Rd, Marleston
• LONSDALE Ph: 8349 5559 Cnr. Dyson & O’Sullivan Beach Rd
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• GAWLER Ph: 8522 1132 16 Main North Rd, Willaston
• GOOLWA Ph: 8555 2825 29 Hutchinson St
• VICTOR HARBOR Ph: 8551 3400 95 Victoria St
• MURRAY BRIDGE Ph: 8531 9191 15 Hindmarsh Rd
• KADINA Ph: 8828 1555 9 Kennett St
• RIVERLAND Ph: 8582 4666 53 Zante Rd, Berri
• PORT AUGUSTA Ph: 8642 6333 70 Victoria Pde
• WHYALLA Ph: 8645 7344 50 Ian St, Whyalla Norrie

CANNING VALE Ph: (08) 9455 5111
Corner of Bannister Road and Hopewell Street
• MALAGA Ph: 9455 5111 Cnr. Marshall Rd & Energy St
• BALCATTA Ph: 9455 5111 140 Balcatta Rd
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• BUNBURY Ph: 9791 4200 Cnr. Strickland St & Zaknic Pl
• BUSSELTON Ph: 9752 3122 18 Wright St
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• BROOME Ph: 9191 3800 26 Hunter St

BERRIMAH Ph: (08) 8944 2300 780 Stuart Hwy
• ALICE SPRINGS Ph: 8950 9898 6 Ghan Rd NEW ZEALAND
CHRISTCHURCH Ph: (03) 338 9063 55 Hands Rd
AUCKLAND Ph: (09) 274 6487
Block 4, 22 Harris Rd, East Tamaki

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Council Approvals - Which one do I need?

There are 3 main types of Council Approval that relate to the Additions and Renovations that are carried out by Ausiports. There are many factors that determine which type of approval would be required for your proposed addition. In most cases the Ausiports Design Consultant will be able to advise which type of approval would be required for your project but ultimately the final decision lies with your local Council.

The 3 main types of Council Approvals are:

Exempt Development
Complying Development Application
Development Application

Exempt Development:
Smaller projects that meet all of the conditions of an Exempt Development such as overall size, post height, positioning on the block and distance from the boundaries may be deemed as exempt from requiring formal development consent. Structures such as Garden Sheds, Small Awnings and Carports may be eligible for Exempt Development. Exempt Development does not apply in Bushfire Prone Areas.

Complying Development:
If the proposed structure is not eligible for Exempt Development then the next option is a Complying Development. Again the proposed structure must comply with specific conditions relating to overall size, post height, positioning on the block, distance from the boundaries and Bushfire Zoning. Structures such as Awnings, Carports, Pergolas and Decks may be eligible for Complying Development. Rooms and Enclosures are not eligible for Complying Development.

Development Application:
Most Larger Projects, Rooms, Enclosures, Non-Ground Floor Installations and Projects in Bushfire Prone Areas will all require a full Development Application. The Councils require far more information to assist in the assessment and approval process and the process takes a lot longer. Depending on the type of addition proposed, neighbours may be notified and given the opportunity to comment and or object to the proposed development. Due to the nature of the Development Application, there are no guarantees that the proposed addition will be approved or it may be approved with conditions or alterations imposed on the proposed addition.

As part of the Service Package offered by Ausiports, all Applications, Inspections, Plan Drawing and dealings with Council and other Certifying Bodies will be handled by Ausiports on your behalf.

The Ausiports “Lifestyle Additions” sequence of events.

What is the process or sequence of events that my renovation or installation will follow?

Or put more simply.... What happens next?

1. Initial contact can be made by phone, fax, email or in person. A date and time will be set for an Ausiports Design Consultant to meet with you in your home to discuss your needs and to offer advice and provide the various options that would suit your specific requirements. During this meeting the consultant will take measurements and photographs of the area of your home where the proposed addition will be located.

2. Quotation Presentation. Depending on the extent of the work to be quoted, our Consultant may provide a written quotation to you at the first meeting or they may need to go away to prepare the drawings and quotation paperwork for presentation at a later date. Quotation preparation usually takes around 7 to 10 days but this can vary. Ausiports will always provide a full, written quotation outlining the work to be completed and clearly stating a quoted price and containing our standard conditions of quotation.

3. Contract Signing / Go Ahead. Once you have decided to proceed, contracts will need to be signed. This can be done at either of the Ausiports locations or the Design Consultant can call back out to your home if that is more convenient. Ausiports have a Contract Signing Checklist that should be referred to before signing the contract. This checklist outlines the documents that will be required by Ausiports, Councils and Certifiers as the project progresses. It saves time if all of the required documents are on hand at the time of contract signing

4. A deposit is required to be paid as part of the conditions of contract. The amount of the deposit and the timing of the payment of the deposit is governed by NSW Fair Trading and is as follows:

For contracts with a value of less than $20,000.00 Including G.S.T.

Deposit 10% - Payable on day of contract signing

For contracts with a value of more than $20,000.00 Including G.S.T.

Deposit 10% - Payable on expiry of 5 day cooling off period

Cooling Off Period – If the contract price is in excess of $20,000.00 you have the right to cancel the contract within a period of 5 business days from the date of signing the contract. During this period a Home Warranty Insurance policy will be arranged on your behalf and a certificate of the insurance will be sent to you. No deposit is payable before the expiry of this 5 day cooling off period.

Deposits can be paid via any of the methods outlined in the Ausiports Payment Terms document.

5. Approval Applications. If the proposed addition requires Council Approval, Plans will be drawn and applications to the relevant Certifying Body/s (Council, Mine Subsidence Board, Private Certifier etc.) will be lodged. Processing times for individual Councils vary and notification of approval generally takes between 4 to 8 weeks. During this time, a site inspection by the Certifying Body may be made to assess the suitability of the site for the proposed addition.

6. Check Measurement. Once Council approval has been received a Construction Certificate will be issued for your project. This is the green light to move toward construction commencing. Ausiports will make an appointment to revisit your home to check measure the project for order and construction document preparation. This check measure can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours depending on what is being built.

7. Materials Ordering. All materials required for your project will be ordered

8. Once the materials have been received for your project, Ausiports will call to book a date for the installation to begin.

9. Delivery of materials to site will take place on the day of, or the day before construction begins. At this point your contract calls for a Progress Payment to be made. This payment can be given to the Ausiports delivery driver or made via any of the methods outlined in the Ausiports Payment Terms document.

10. Construction commences and progresses through until completion.

11. Once your addition has been completed your contract calls for the Final Payment to be made. This payment can be given to the Ausiports Installer or made via any of the methods outlined in the Ausiports Payment Terms document on the day of completion.

12. The final part of the project is the Application to the Certifying Body for your Occupation Certificate. This certificate states that the project is complete and that the addition is ready for use. Once final payment has been received by Ausiports, the application for the Occupation Certificate will be sent to the relevant Certifying Body, they will conduct a final inspection then mail the Occupation Certificate to you. This certificate should be filed with the rest of the documentation relating to your new addition.
Payments can be made via Cash, Personal or Bank Cheques and Electronic Funds Transfer (E.F.T) to the account details shown below. Payments can be made via Select Credit Cards (Visa or Mastercard only) in person or by telephone.

Bank Details

Account Name: Ausiports Pty Ltd

Bank: Bendigo Bank

B.S.B Number: 633 000

Account Number: 127550770


Cooling Off Period – If the contract price is in excess of $20,000.00 you have the right to cancel the contract within a period of 5 business days from the date of signing the contract. No deposit is payable before the expiry of this cooling off period.

Deposit 10% - Payable on the day of signing contracts where the contract value is less than $20,000.00

Deposit 10% - Payable after the 5 day cooling off period where the contract value is more than $20,000.00

Progress Payment - Payable on or before the Day of Delivery of Materials to Site

Balance Payment - Payable on or before the Day of Completion of Installation


• The Balance Payment is due on the Day of Completion of the Installation. The Balance Payment is not subject to receipt of the Occupation Certificate as this is applied for by Ausiports AFTER receipt of final payment.

• Additional Progress Payments may be utilised subject to the Contract Scope Of Work and Overall Value of the Project.

• For your convenience, your Final Payment may be given to your Ausiports Installer on the day of completion.
• Ausiports is a locally owned family business that has been servicing the people of the Central Coast, Newcastle and Sydney since 1989.

• Ausiports employs local people and supports local businesses.

• Ausiports is NOT a franchise. Your project is only as secure as the company holding the building licence. Ausiports are the company you can rely upon to handle your project from start to finish.

• Ausiports are fully licenced and are the holders of the following current New South Wales Licences - Builders Licence Number 370572C and Security Licence Number 000106704

• Ausiports maintain all required insurance policies such as Public Liability, Workers Compensation, and Home Owners Warranty.

• Ausiports employs qualified staff and sub-contractors and their experience, professionalism and attention to detail ensures only the best quality outcomes for their clients.

• Ausiports products are individually designed and manufactured to best meet the needs and expectations of the client.

• Ausiports products are fully engineered to meet the relevant Australian Standards, Wind-loads and Council Requirements.

• Ausiports constantly strive to improve their products, service and their approach to business to maximise the value they offer to their clients.

• Ausiports have access to an unmatched range of products sourced from market leading systems suppliers Australia wide. Ausiports have also designed and developed a range of products and system enhancements, elevating their products well above others available in the market place.

• Ausiports use and recommend Australian Made Products wherever possible

• Ausiports will not compromise the structural integrity of their products to achieve a lower price or to compete with inferior products.

• At Ausiports, your peace of mind is their number one priority.
Click on the following link


Click on the “Locate Property” tab


Enter your address into the “Locate Property” window.


When you click “Find”, the next screen will zoom to an overhead view of your property.


If you zoom out on the map you may notice that some areas of the map are coloured.

If your property is anywhere within a Yellow, Orange or Red Zone then it is deemed by Council to be “Bushfire Prone” and will be subject to the regulations and conditions applicable to these areas. Even if only a small part of your land is coloured, the whole block and any structures built or proposed to be built are classed as being on “Bushfire Prone Lands”.
Ausiports offers the following warranty coverage on the products supplied and installed as part of the work described in the signed and agreed Contract of Sale, when maintained in accordance with the Care and Maintenance Instructions supplied.

Works performed and products supplied by other Contractors are not covered under the Ausiports Warranties. Ausiports does not warrant against pre-existing faults and failings relating to existing buildings and structures and if called out to remedy a pre-existing fault (not relating to works carried out by Ausiports), a service/ call-out fee will be charged.

General Construction – Residential

As required under the Building Code of Australia, all structures supplied and installed by Ausiports must be covered by a statutory warranty period for major defects of 6 years, and 2 years for all other defects.

Roof/Gutters/Beams/Posts – Structural Warranty

Warranty details and conditions are dependent upon the products specified and the individual system supplier. Warranty coverage is offered directly by the System Supplier. Application for this warranty is made on behalf of the client by Ausiports on completion of the project.

Water Leaks

Ausiports Warrants against water leakage into the new structure for a period of Three (3) Years. Pre-existing roof plumbing or other water leakage issues are not covered by this warranty and the diagnosis and rectification of pre-existing leakage issues will incur service charges

Garden Sheds

Ausiports offers a 12 Month Warranty covering materials and workmanship.

Privacy Panels - Slatscreen

Ausiports offers a 12 Month Warranty covering materials, installation and workmanship.

Security Doors & Screens

In addition to the “System Specific Warranties” of 15Years for INVISI-GARD Products and 1 Year for Generic, Aluminium Security Doors and Screens, Ausiports offers a 1Year Warranty covering General Workmanship and Hardware items such as Locks, Door Closers, Hinges and Rollers.


Ausiports offers a 12 Month Warranty covering general workmanship.

Australian Standards and Building Codes

Where the products and services supplied and installed by Ausiports are subject to product specific Australian Standards or Building Codes, Ausiports warrants that the construction and installation of those products will be carried out in accordance with the relevant standards and codes.

All warranties offered by Ausiports relate only to the rectification or replacement of the defective product.

For Brand or System Specific Warranty details and for items not covered in this document, please contact Ausiports or the Original Product Manufacturer for further information.
Click on the following link http://mapping.wyong.nsw.gov.au/WSCMapping/mapping.htm

Click “Accept” when prompted

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Your property will be Outlined and Cross Hatched in Blue on the screen that follows after you have clicked the “Find” button.

Select the “Layers” Tab and then click on the “Bushfire Prone Lands” option

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If you zoom out on the map you may notice that some areas of the map are coloured.

If your property is anywhere within a Yellow, Orange or Red Zone then it is deemed by Council to be “Bushfire Prone” and will be subject to the regulations and conditions applicable to these areas. Even if only a small part of your land is coloured, the whole block and any structures built or proposed to be built are classed as being on “Bushfire Prone Lands”.

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Ausiports offer a fully detailed, written quotation accompanied by full design drawings so you are totally sure of what you are getting when you place your order. Our quotes are valid for 30 days, giving you time to consider this important decision without being pressured to "sign now or miss out".


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Ausiports Berkeley Vale

Address: 6 Clare Mace Crescent, Berkeley Vale NSW 2261
Trading Hours: Mon – Fri 8.00am to 4.00pm
Sat & Sun - Closed
Phone: 0243 892 251
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Ausiports Charmhaven

Address: Unit 7/ 1 O'Hart Close, Charmhaven NSW 2263
Trading Hours: Mon – Fri 8.00am to 4.00pm
Sat & Sun - Closed

Phone: 0243 932 501
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